British grandmother poses for a happy snapshot with her children. Hours later she ended her life at DignitasJackie Meacock suffered from dystonia – an incurable nerve conditionLife had become unbearable – driving was impossible and even a shopping trip ended in her giving up in tears after half an hourThe grandmother of nine paid 10,000 to end her life at the Swiss clinic
she was on daily painkillers, including liquid morphine. As the months progressed, she could do less and less.
Driving was impossible and even a shopping trip resulted in her giving up in tears after half an hour.
That was the trigger that convinced her she no longer had any quality of life and she tried to commit suicide in April last year.
When that attempt failed, Mrs Meacock was taken to hospital and sectioned as mentally ill.
Her family challenged the ruling and she was discharged from a secure unit after two weeks but remained terrified of being sent back to hospital.
Mrs Meacock paid 10,000 for an assisted suicide and cremation package at Dignitas (one building pictured)
When the opportunity to go to Dignitas came up, she decided the time was right.
Mrs Trickey described her mother’s last moments at the clinic. ‘We all went into the lovely gardens and took photos and had lots of hugs. And then Mum said: “I am ready now, I want to do this now”.
‘She had to drink this horrible liquid in one go.
‘It tasted disgusting so as soon as she knocked it back she asked for chocolate and drank some water.
‘And then she said, “I’m feeling really sleepy. I love you all”. Within two minutes she was asleep. It was exactly what she wanted.
‘Quick, peaceful and dignified. It wasn’t about us… it was all about Mum.
‘I am happy she is free of pain. Death is something we all face. For some people it’s about how long you can live, but for other people it isn’t.
‘They want quality of life, and without that quality, there is no life.’